Your article: Variety of community events at popular Pocklington attraction

Burnby Hall Gardens.
Burnby Hall Gardens.

Fresh from celebrating success with their round two Heritage Lottery bid, Pocklington’s Burnby Hall Gardens is gearing up to host a variety of community-based events over the next few months.

These commence on the evening of 11 June when, jointly with Pocklington Town Council, the Gardens is running a free event, open to the people of Pocklington, to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Queen. Local band ‘The Good Old Boys’ will be playing rhythm and blues in the Gardens from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, with gates open at 6.30pm. The concert will be followed by a firework crescendo at 9.30pm and a disco until 10pm.

The following day (12 June) sees Pocklington Churches Together coming into the Gardens for ‘The Big Sing’ from 2pm to 4pm in the bandstand, when each of the town’s churches will be providing songs of praise for visitors to enjoy.

2016 sees fundraising taking place in the Gardens to purchase a defibrillator, and the Pocklington and Market Weighton Rotary Club has offered its support with an evening of swing entitled ‘Let Your Heart Sing’, performed by the East Coast Swing Band. This event takes place on 25 June and includes a barbecue, with proceeds from the tickets going towards this special cause. Tickets cost £15 and are available from the visitor centre at Burnby Hall Gardens or from Rotary Club members.

The children have not been forgotten either. In August, Dave Watts is once again running his Music 4 U workshops in the Gardens.

Dave is a creative musician and workshop leader with experience of composition, performance recording and coaching in various community environments and has a passion to inspire creativity and personal development in others through music.

He is a creative musician, violinist, vocalist, songwriter and workshop leader based in Hull, delivering creative music educational workshop projects in the Hull and Yorkshire region. He works in partnership delivering workshops for Hull City Council arts development, East Riding Council and Music4U the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone.

His workshops provide young people of all levels and abilities the opportunity to take part in creative music workshops in singing, songwriting, composition, soundscapes, improvisation, recording and music technology. Activities will include singing, song writing, percussion, improvisation, composition and lyric writing development.

A range of percussion instruments will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own instruments if they wish, and the workshops will lead to a performance on the final day of workshop in the bandstand in the Gardens.

Pre-booking for this free workshop is essential, and parents can register their children by ringing the Burnby Hall Gardens visitor centre on 01759 307125.


8 August 11am - 3.30pm

9 August 11am - 3.30pm

11 August 11am - 3.30pm

12 August 11am - 3.30pm

13 August 11am - 3.30pm – group performance

A spokesman for the Gardens said: “We think it’s a great idea to get members of the local community of all ages involved in some of our additional events this year.

“All of them should be great fun for both participants and visitors”.